Initiation of the main chaplain woman into the prison service
The festive initiation is organised by Czech Bishops Conference and Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic in cooperation with Prison Service of the Czech Republic. Beside of the main chaplain women also her vice-chaplain Mgr. Martin Škoda is going to be initiated into the service. The ceremony will be chaired by Mons. Josef Kajnek, auxiliary bishop of the diocese Hradec Králové and delegate of the Czech Bishops´Conference for the spiritual service in prisons, Mons. František Radkovský, bishop of diocese Plzeň and delegate of the Czech Bishops´Conference for ecumenism and Ing. Daniel Fajfr M. Th., chairman of the Board of the Brethren Church and first vice-chairman of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic.
Mgr. Květoslava Jakubalová graduated from the Catholic Theological Faculty and has been working as chaplain in prison in Rýnovice for years. Mgr. Bc. Martin Škoda from the Brethren Church has been working in prison in Stráž pod Ralskem.
The spiritual service in prison has started after the change of the political system in the former Czechoslovakia in the year 1989. In this moment there are 34 chaplain man and woman in the Prison Spiritual Service in the Czech Republic. Ten of them are Roman-Catholics; nine are from Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren; five from the Church of the Seventh-Day Adventists; three from the Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands; three from the Brethren Church. Following churches, the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, the Evangelical Methodist Church, the Apostolic Church and the Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession are represented by one chaplain.